went out tonight. was terrific. canadian bands traveling the land (it rhymes!) played tonight. on the way home we passed some people on the sidewalk outside a posh place going on about the homeless plight in the city. one of them quoted our recently previous premiere, ralph "the clown" klein. he was telling the story, as if it were something great, about how klein had stopped his limo whilst completely smashed (as in "drunk out of his skull") to berate the homeless at a shelter by telling them to "go get jobs, you bums!".
i had to stop. i had to call him down for the idiot he was being.
see, people love to look superior. the easiest way to do that when you aren't is to quote others who have positions of gifted authority. the hard way is to actually come up with something actually brilliant. i feel compelled to debate when they don't.
tonight their women came to my defense and tried to explain to me that they had been drinking .. blah blah blah blah blah ... and i should just move on because their men were soooo dangerous , obviously.
i don't negotiate with terrorists. (that's a g. w. bush joke.) or drunk idiots. (same difference?)
so, while very much appreciating their protection, i told their girlfriends that i've been in much more dangerous situations in my life and really ... if i didn't stand up for the city i lived in who would? when would i?
so the fellow came over and said he was from the east where everyone was a bum, so why would he say something like that in seriousness? insert laughter. at which point i asked him, "exactly. why would you?" re-enter the aggression and the girlfriends.
one fellow asked who i was to come in with all the big words (indeed, "espouse" is a big word isn't it?) and then another spotted the kde pin i was wearing and said ... "go back to linux land!"
"wow," said i, "that's so cool. you recognized. good for you." and i turned away back home.
witness the power of the kde logo ;)
i have to say ... being in a situation like that and having someone actually notice, know and verbalize the kde identity, it made me feel enthused. recently, i have been thinking about how to deal with all the shallow and short-sighted behaviour, much the same as which i witnessed tonight, in the technology community.